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Escaping the office for some ambient eating

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If your usual work situation includes being tied to a desk in the city each day, the head and heart can collide when you get hungry.

The heart may want to escape the meetings and computer screen for a beautiful restaurant, with an industrial loft-feel and miles of terrazzo bar space, offsetting bespoke imported European furniture.

But the head may complain that you don’t have the time or budget for a restaurant lunch, and really, a toastie or a salad may be a better option.

Capital Eatery, which opened last week, will allow you to enjoy both.

For one thing, it will redefine your expectations of a breakfast, brunch or lunch pit-stop with its ultra-luxe fit-out from Fore Group creating a large and light-filled space which may make you feel you have come to place your coffee order at a rarefied hotel lobby in Belgium.

Established by Melbourne’s successful Ambient Food Group—which has for 30 years been operating restaurants, delis, patisseries and cafes—Capital Eatery is located off Mort Street in the city, in the former national headquarters of the Australian Federal Police and right next to Veteran’s Park.

If you walk a straight line down the bus interchange on your way to Braddon via Mort Street, it is on your left, one block up from Midnight Hotel.

A brand new building by Amalgamated Property Group, Civic Quarter will contain Westpac, Colliers and Amalgamated’s headquarters.

No doubt there will be a steady stream of office workers to keep the La Marzocco coffee machine humming all day long. But the space is so vast, it is the sort of venue you could take an important client and have a private conversation with, even at peak lunch hour.

If communal tables are your thing, or you want to take the entire team, there are also long tables to fit a crowd.

Capital Eatery will be open from 7 am to 4 pm daily, ensuring customers can get their first latte and their late-afternoon pastry—and everything else in between.

FYI they will be pouring their Melbourne house blend coffee but it will be roasted in Canberra.

Food options are incredibly wide and will cater to many tastes. You can start with a cooked breakfast of eggs (Benedict or Florentine), or perhaps a bruschetta, spiced apple and sultana porridge, or chia pudding.

Let’s hope you don’t have to order lunch in a hurry as there will be long counters full of wraps, sandwiches, rolls, bagels, fresh baked treats and a four-metre—yes, you read that correctly—salad bar chilling on the beautiful terrazzo benches.

Blonde wood, hints of mint green, and architectural flourishes make this a most elegant space to grab some sustenance as we all head back into office life.

But a seat at Capital Eatery may make you want to stay awhile, rather than grab your toastie and run.




What: Capital Eatery
Where: Civic Quarter (directly opposite 14 Mort Street)
When: 7 am-4 pm Monday to Friday
Instagram: @capital_eatery
Email: info@capitaleatery.com.au

Photography: Adam McGrath/HCreations

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